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Decorating with Black

Adding Just A Bit of Black

Adding a touch of black is a design necessity for almost every room. There’s something about this dark and mysterious shade that enhances other colors and grounds a room. Even if it’s a small touch that you and your guests hardly notice, a pinch of black does make a difference.

One of the best things about black is that, unlike other colors, it never goes out of style!

A dining room with black and white painting and a black vase. Black accents ground a room's decor.

Where to add black accents

Ideas for a dab of black include:

  • Wrought iron bed frames or stair railings
  • Upholstery fabric or leather
  • Flooring
  • Painted walls or wall coverings
  • Lamps or lampshades
  • The inside surfaces of a built-in shelving system
  • Picture frames
  • Black and white photos or paintings
  • Granite or marble countertops in the bath or kitchen

A bedroom with white walls, bedding and window coverings with a black bed. Black and white are a classic color combination.

A Little bit goes a long way

Black can add drama, sophistication, austerity or masculinity. Do keep in mind that black is a strong color, so just a little goes a long way.

Some people are bold enough to decorate with black as the main hue in their design plan, but do be cautious: Too much black can be overpowering.

Think about combining black with other colors, because it goes well with almost all shades, especially white and cream. Black also looks beautiful with soft pastels and bold jewel tones.

Add a dash of black to your rooms this season to anchor your design style.

A living room with black wood accents and cream-colored furnishings. Use black sparingly - too much can be overpowering.
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